thiago-alves-16.jpgA welterweight fight between Thiago Alves (19-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Matt Brown (17-11 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is targeted for the UFC’s late-summer return to Boston.

Sources with knowledge of the bout on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the planned fight, which MMAFighting.com reported earlier in the day.

The UFC debuts on the new FOX Sports 1 cable network with a live event from TD Bank Garden in Boston on Aug. 17, the same day the network launches. Live UFC events on the channel will replace events currently airing on FX and FUEL TV.

While Alves-Brown is the first fight to materialize for the card, UFC President Dana White recently told a small group of reporters prior to UFC 159 in Newark, N.J., that the event would be “the best television card we’ve ever done.”

Alves will return to the octagon for the first time since a March 2012 loss to Martin Kampmann in Australia. In that fight, he was winning handily deep into the third round. But going after a takedown, Kampmann caught him in a guillotine choke to finish the fight. Alves was expected to return at UFC 149 in July 2012, but pulled out with an injury. He then elected to take the time to rehab several nagging ailments with the hope of a stronger return.

A seven-fight win streak earned him a shot at welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100, a fight he lost by unanimous decision to set off his current 2-4 stretch.

The surging Brown has won five straight and six of his past seven to become one of the hottest fighters in the 170-pound division. At UFC on FOX 7 two weeks ago, he picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus by stopping Jordan Mein with a second-round TKO. At UFC on FOX 5, he knocked out Mike Swick in the second round.

In his five-fight run, he has four knockout or TKO stoppages, and his lone decision win over Stephen Thompson at UFC 145 was a dominant performance that included a pair of 30-27 scores. His current run came after a three-fight skid and four losses in five fights had his UFC job in jeopardy.

For the latest on UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Thiago Alves)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves Headlines UFC Fight Night 67

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit returns to action for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in March 2014 to take on Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 67. read news >>

Tim Means steps in for Kenny Robertson, meets George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

Next month’s UFC return to New Jersey has had a change on the prelims, and Tim Means will make a quick turnaround to get back to work. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Nick Catone retires from MMA after UFC on FOX 15 injury withdrawal

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

After only one fight since 2012, Nick Catone has announced his retirement from MMA competition.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Nick Catone Retires After Withdrawing from UFC on FOX 15 Due to Injury

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Citing another injury and the desire to have a future with his family, UFC veteran Nick Catone has decided to call it a career. read news >>

Catone Out of Newark Bout, Retires from MMA

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

After withdrawing from his UFC on FOX bout on April 18 due to injury, UFC middleweight veteran Nick Catone has decided to retire from the sport due to lingering back issues. read news >>

Injury that booted Nick Catone from UFC on FOX 15 forces 'Jersey Devil' to retire

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

Happy trails! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Nick Catone has retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) after an injury forced him to withdraw from his Vitor Miranda bout at the upcomin read news >>

Beneil Dariush in for injured Paul Felder vs. Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

A knee injury has forced a change to the lineup at next month’s UFC return to “The Garden State.” Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Paul Felder Out, Beneil Dariush In Against Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 15

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Streaking lightweight Paul Felder will not face Jim Miller this April at UFC on Fox 15. Another streaking lightweight—Beneil Dariush—will take his place. Felder sustained a knee injury and will not b read news >>

UFC Fight Roundup: Jim Miller gets new opponent for UFC on FOX 15

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

The UFC announced five new match-ups for upcoming cards, including a new opponent for Jim Miller. Miller, originally scheduled to take on Paul Felder at Newark’s UFC on FOX 15 on April 18, now meets read news >>